We have ribbons, colors, symbols like a rainbow or a pink triangle for LGBTQ+ community, we have the raised fist for resisting against oppression. The list goes on...
Why are these acts of solidarity so popular? They are kind of like an easy way to show support.
Here’s the problem, wearing a ribbon or t-shirt doesn’t really do anything but raise awareness. I think we can agree people are very aware of major causes such as global hunger, homelessness, environmental issues— we know they are concerns. Many companies spend tens of thousands of dollars annually to promote awareness for various things.
Think about how many lanyards, pens or t-shirts from rallies or vendor tables at fairs— who is paying for that? So we have larger organizations claiming to help a cause, but they are also spending money on marketing and promotional products— for what? To raise “awareness.”
I’ll be honest, there are so many colors, awareness weeks, and ribbons I can’t keep things straight. While awareness is important, at what point do we take action?
….and I don’t mean hand out more t-shirts and flyers.
Hi, my name is Dr. Amy Heger. I was a public school teacher for over ten years and saw the systemic racism that is the foundation for many common practices in schools. And now I focus my energy and passion for helping others as the owner and CEO of Maryland's only overnight childcare center, The Night Watch. I am devoted to providing a safe space for children to learn, play, and be creative as they mature together. We support diversity and inclusion on all levels; that is our small impact towards creating the American Dream for everyone.
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